The school is open from 8.00am and the girls settle in to their chosen activities. Girls are allowed in their classrooms at this time and are supervised by our learning support assistants. From 8.30am, teachers are readily available in the morning for a quick chat with parents. School begins at 8.45am with registration and our morning prayer.
Morning lessons usually begin with numeracy or literacy activities. Girls may work together as a class to introduce the learning point and key skills before working in small groups directed by the teacher. There may also be self-chosen activities related to the areas of learning.
Morning break is from 10.10am to 10.30am. The girls play outside, either on the grass if the weather allows or on the small, contained playground outside the Reception building. Snack-time is before assembly or after playtime depending on the timetable. Fruit, milk and water are provided although some children like to bring their own snack. The snack comprises fruit or vegetables; either fresh or dried. Water is always available in the classroom. Morning lessons continue until lunchtime.
Lunch is eaten in the dining hall at 11.50am. The younger pupils are served by their teachers, and girls in Year 6 who help them to cut up their food and serve salad and dessert. Children are encouraged to try new foods but are not compelled to finish if they have had enough. We will always let you know if your child is not eating well. We monitor what the girls eat, and remind them about healthy eating and balanced diets. We always have high expectations for good table manners. All food is labelled and wherever possible we cater for pupils with medical or religious dietary needs when possible. Please notify the school of any dietary needs. The weekly menus are displayed on the Pre-prep notice board and also on the parent portal. Lunch is usually a happy and sociable time for the girls and is followed by playtime in the playground.
Afternoon lessons begin at 1.30pm with registration. There are many activities related to the different areas of the curriculum. Girls choose their own activities from a variety of planned and self-initiated play activities, inside or outside the classroom. Creative play sessions allow the girls to explore and try out the skills they are learning and develop the areas that particularly interest them.
We offer a late stay club until 5.00pm for children who need to stay after school finishes at 3.20pm. Girls are collected by a learning support assistant and they are taken to tea in the dining room. After tea, the girls choose from a variety of play activities prepared for them by the supervisors in the late stay room. If the weather is fine children play outside. We also offer twilight club which runs from 5.00pm to 6.00pm for those children who cannot be collected at the end of the late stay club. There is a charge for after-school care.
Girls can be booked in to attend these clubs on a regular basis or can be booked in on the day by phone, email or a note to the teacher in the contact book.
In addition to the policies referenced above, you can access all of our school policies via our website, and copies can be requested from reception. This includes the procedure in the event that a parent/carer fails to collect a child, and the procedure for dealing with the circumstance of a child going missing at, or away from, the Junior School setting.
Important contact numbers
Reception: +44(0)1223 311666
After hours for late stay and twilight: +44(0)1223 222903
Emergency number: +44(0)7921 897593